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Diastasis Recti & the Pelvic Floor

What Is It?

Diastasis Recti: a separation of the abdominal muscles

Functional Core Weakness: the inability of the muscles of the core to effectively function and support the body for everyday physical demands without pain or dysfunction

Functional Pelvic Floor Weakness: the inability of the muscles of the pelvic floor to effectively function and support the pelvic organs and pelvis for everyday physical demands without pain or dysfunction

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What's the Connection to the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a complex group of muscles interwoven between the bones of the pelvis to support your uterus, bladder, intestinal tract, and the sphincters that correlate with each organ. The function of the pelvic floor is directly related to the function of the core through a natural co-contraction and a mutual need for optimal pelvic alignment. When your core is elongated and engaged, the pelvic floor is also lifted and supported. The relationship between the two is so close that we refer to the pelvic floor as the “floor of the core.”

The pelvic floor muscles must be balanced and resilient to work in cooperation with other core muscles to properly support your organs. So if you are living with Diastasis Recti or Functional Core Weakness, the body collapses and lacks stability. That lack of stability combined with bulging increases the internal pressure on your organs. That pressure has to go someplace, and that place is often down against your pelvic floor, which leads to weakness, pain, and dysfunction.

A healthy and functionally strong pelvic floor requires more than just Kegels. The pelvic floor is not just designed to be a supportive and postural group of muscles. This group of muscles is also designed to be dynamic and multi-directional as we walk, bend, lift, jump, and move throughout the day. When done correctly, Kegels can play an important role in initially connecting to these deep muscles, but this one exercise does not represent the extensive needs of the whole pelvic floor.

What Are The Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Long-standing core weakness, poor postural alignment, difficult childbirth, trauma, and even improper exercise techniques can contribute to the dysfunction of the pelvic floor. Common signs of pelvic floor dysfunction are:

    • Involuntarily “leaking” while laughing, sneezing, jumping, or other activity (known as stress incontinence)
    • An inability to get to the bathroom in time (known as urge incontinence)
    • A heaviness, bulging, or increase pressure in the vaginal canal (known as pelvic prolapse)
    • Pelvic instability, which presents itself with pubic bone pain, tailbone pain, sacroiliac instability, or pubic symphysis disorder
    • Constipation, or difficulty in emptying bowels
    • Intimacy issues such as pain during or after intercourse, lack of sensation, or general disconnect
    • Deep lower back pain, vaginal pain, or rectum pain

How Do You Fix It?

Functional pelvic floor rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to look at why your pelvic floor is not functioning well. Our rehab will systematically rebuild the daily strength and flexibility of the pelvic floor that’s required for a strong life. We begin with addressing your functional core strength, and then we strategically retrain your alignment and the internal muscles of your pelvic floor for real-life demands. You do not need to live with these frustrating symptoms.

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